Kaduna building ranches for 1,500 herdsmen, vow not to negotiate with bandits
The Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that his administration will not negotiate with bandits and criminals rather his government is poised to enforce the law and prosecute offenders.
El-Rufai restated his government’s position during an expanded meeting of the State Security Council at the Council Chambers of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Tuesday.
“We will not engage with bandits or kidnappers. Private citizens like clerics and clergymen can do so in their individual capacities, to preach to them and ask them to repent. We also want them to repent but it is not our job to ask them to do so,’’ the governor said.
According to him, the best way to solve the farmer-herder clashes, cattle rustling and banditry is for nomadic herdsmen to live more sedentary lives to be more productive and give their children education and access to better healthcare.
The Governor argued that nomadic or transhumance cattle breeding has been rendered obsolete by urbanisation and population growth as most of the cattle routes have been taken over by development.
El-Rufai said Kaduna State Government is implementing a big ranching project in Damau Grazing Reserve in Kubau local government, adding the project will make about 1,500 herdsmen sedentary.
He noted that the project will enable the herders to raise their cattle in a facility with pastures, a school and a Primary Health Centre with a commercial partner ready to buy their milk.